membership in the Russian Church Abroad

THE RUSSIAN CHURCH ABROAD

FOR us Russian Orthodox [Christians], our membership in the Russian Church Abroad is a resplendent symbol of our penitential turning to God and to the Protective Veil of the Mother of God, for only this Church is able, now, to grant the Grace of imparting unto us the strength for such a penitential approach, and to reinforce it. That is why we must take such care to preserve our Russian Church Abroad, and not consent to her being weakened or turned aside to "other ways."

Unfortunately, not everyone realizes this with sufficient clarity, and not everyone properly and thoroughly values the great significance of the existence of our Russian Church Abroad -- even amongst those who belong to her. Why does our Russian Church Abroad exist so alone, spiritually, in the modern world? What is the ideology that makes her so alone?

The essence of the ideology of the Russian Church Abroad consists of her complete and uncompromising refusal to accept that worldwide Evil which has spread broadly now over the face of the whole earth, and which, to a greater or lesser degree, has brought under its control all aspects of human life -- not excepting religious and church life.

Atheistic marxism-communism (or bol'shevism -- the struggle against which is the chief task of all nationally inclined Russian patriots) is just one of the offspring -- one evil product -- of this "worldwide Evil." To struggle only against it means merely to cut off the branches [of said Evil], without noticing the trunk and roots that gave birth to them and nourished them.

Unfortunately, many of us see only these branches, paying no attention to the trunk and roots. Moreover: this root source of the "worldwide Evil" appears, to some, to be quite inoffensive -- even favourably inclined toward us and our Church -- and many of us are even prepared to seek its aid and support in our struggle against communism.

What pathetic naivete -- if not conscious betrayal!

It has long since been time to understand and recognize all this!

This necessary vision and clear recognition is prevented most of all by material dependence and by the loss of spiritual freedom -- whether on this, or on other grounds.

That is why our Russian Church Abroad must, above all, value her spiritual freedom -- that freedom which was bestowed upon the faithful by the Church's Founder -- Christ.

More than anything else on earth, do we value our Church's freedom. And this is not at all because we do not have "love," as we are so superficially accused by the "ecumenists," who themselves are only too full of "love" for the enemies of the pure and unadulterated Truth of Christ -- and, sometimes, even for open enemies of our holy Faith (only for us, their brothers by blood and Faith, do they have no love!).

Rather, it is because we do have a love of the Truth; because we do firmly believe (having none of the doubts that the ecumenists evidently have) that our Holy Orthodox Church is, as the Word of God teaches, "the pillar and ground of the Truth" (I Timothy 3:15); and because we desire, as commanded by the Holy Apostle, to "walk in the Truth" (II John 4). Likewise, heeding the warning of that great Father of the Church, St. Gregory the Theologian, we do not want to "become betrayers of the teaching of the Faith and Truth," -- "communing in the leaven of the Evil One and joining ourselves to the plague ridden ... apostates from the Truth" (cf . "The Works of St. Gregory," Part I, p. 192). 

At the basis of the ideology of the Russian Church Abroad there is a fervent and sincere intention -- whatever might happen, regardless of any contemporary evil influences and tendencies -- to remain faithful to God's Truth; to remain totally devoted to the Founder of the Church, Christ the Saviour; to the Evangelical teaching on faith and piety which He brought to earth without any human corruption or distortion; and to preserve fully that spiritual freedom which Christ bestowed upon the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, that He founded on earth for man's salvation. 

The Russian Church Abroad is dear and precious beyond price to us, but only insofar as she truly remains the lawful successor of the historic Russian Orthodox Church -- an unwavering and faithful guardian of the God-given Apostolic teaching on faith and piety, and a zealous adherent of the traditions of the Fathers, the Sacred Canons, and all the pious ordinances and traditions of Holy Rus'.

The sacred motto of our Church is the declaration of that great confessor of Orthodoxy, St. Athanasius, the Archbishop of Alexandria, who said:
"We must serve not time, but God."

Amidst the general, already self generating mass movement: "Forward! Forward! To the Antichrist!" (although it might not be expressed so straightforwardly) -- for us, the members of the Russian Church Abroad, the age-old motto of the true Church of Christ remains in full force: "Stand firm -- remain unmoved!" (cf. The words of Bishop Feofan [the Recluse] in "Orthodoxy With Warnings About Errors Against It," p. 7)

Why is this so?

"Human teachings," writes this selfsame Bishop Feofan, "are always reaching out to what is new, growing, developing -- and this is natural, for they do not have the truth, but are just seeking it. And let them seek it, as long as they will find something stable. For us, however, both the Truth and the Way to the Truth have already been defined, once and for all. We possess the Truth, and all our efforts are directed toward its assimilation, not its discovery."(Ibid).

That is why we are not, at all, bound in the same direction as are the "modernists" and "ecumenists." Our gaze should not be directed "ahead," but "backwards" -- to the earthly life of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ; to the Divine teaching which He preached on earth nineteen centuries ago; to His act of redemption, His glorious Resurrection from the dead, and His Ascension into Heaven; to the great occasion of the Descent of the Holy Spirit; to the preaching of the Apostles; to the glorious host of Martyrs; to the Holy Fathers and Teachers of the Church, the establishers of the true Faith; to the righteous ascetics, those "angels in the flesh"; and, for us Russians, to the ideals of Holy Rus'.

For us "forward" -- as predicted by the Word of God and the Holy Fathers of the Church -- is only ever-increasing "Apostasy" and its crown: Antichrist, of whose near arrival so many are already speaking so openly; but, after that, there is the radiant triumph of our Faith: the Last Judgment, the eternal torment of sinners and the eternal blessedness of the righteous.

That is our ideology; that is the genuine Orthodox view of the world (without evil or deceit) which our entire Russian Church Abroad should hold fast to, in order to justify her existence on earth, and not to become that "salt which hath lost its savour."

Whosoever thinks otherwise -- whosoever is inclined to "march in step with the times" -- such a one has already entered into some sort of compromise with the "evil of this world," which leads to Antichrist; and such a one is not a member of our Russian Church Abroad, even if he formally continues to belong to her. 

-- Archbishop Averkii (Taushev), of Blessed Memory



Translated into English by G. Spruksts, from the Russian language version found in the Collected Works
of Archbishop Averkii (Taushev).

Light of Understanding

http://www.saintedwardbrotherhood.org/1214.pdf

The Light of Understanding

The Ever-Memorable Archbishop Averky of Syracuse & Holy Trinity, + 1976 A.D.

DEEP DARKNESS covered the earth.  Everything was wrapped in sleep; quiet reigned everywhere.  Only the shepherds were keeping vigil in the fields.  And suddenly the heavens were torn asunder, an ineffable light shone upon the earth, a countless host of the angelic choirs appeared, and their wondrous hymn, which hitherto had been unknown to men, their song of unheard of beauty, was heard: Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth peace to men of goodwill.

Such an impenetrable darkness, like the darkness of the Bethlehem night, then enveloped all mankind in a moral sense.  On the earth evil had reached the furthest limits.  Life without God, without His wise and saving precepts, had brought people, who had become coarse and depraved, to a state wherein, as the Scriptures say, they could be compared to the mindless cattle, and had become like unto them (see Ps. 48:21).  And in this way does not life become solely for the body, life for the stomach, life without any higher striving whatsoever, as if it had no rational purpose at all?  And it had indeed lost all meaning, had broken its moorings and had become empty and needless.  At that very time animal self-centredness, spreading without limit, led to a fearful enmity and hostility between peoples.  Faith even in the pagan gods was almost totally eroded.  The intelligentsia considered the gods a figment of folk fantasy; even the pagan priests could not be restrained from jesting as they conducted the pagan rites.  The former heroism of the ancient Greco-Roman world no longer endured and was past; everything was sinking into the crudest self-interest, luxuriating, indulgence and the pleasing of the flesh.  There was no vice, not even the very vilest offence, which was not committed boldly and openly by everyone at every turn and everywhere.  The writers of that time depict the situation then in these very same terms.  The better people of those times literally choked in this dreadful atmosphere of faithlessness and moral depravity, and with raised voices declared that it was impossible to continue living in this way, and that there could be no salvation for mankind if God Himself did not come down to earth and deliver the people from the dreadful catastrophe which was obviously impending.  And for many the only rational way out from this tortuously oppressive situation seemed to be to violently cut short their lives by way of suicide.  Clear-sighted people were bound to conclude that they completely lacked the means even to contrive some sort of bearable life without God.  Plato, the renowned pagan philosopher of ancient times, was remarkable in this respect; he wrote that there could be no order on earth if God Himself, concealed under the appearance of a man, did not make clear to us both our relationship with Him and our mutual responsibilities to each other.

And then, when this awesome darkness with its sinister gloom had enveloped all mankind, which was already beginning to despair of its salvation, there came the fulness of time (Gal. 4:4), fore-appointed from all eternity by the God of times and seasons.  Then the great mystery of piety (1 Tim. 3:16) was accomplished. God sent His Only-begotten Son.  God appeared in the flesh and dwelt among men.  The brightly shining star of Bethlehem and the Angelic chanting proclaimed to the people the dayspring of the Sun of Righteousness, which illumined the whole world with His Divine Light, dispersing the sinister darkness.  The Only-begotten Son of God Himself came down to earth and became man, while yet remaining God.  He gave us light and understanding, that we might know the True God and that we might be in His True Son, Jesus Christ (see 1 Jn 5:20).  He brought to earth that desired, sweet peace, for which the soul of man yearned, while not comprehending or knowing how to find it.  He came to reconcile man with God, and preached peace to us, to those far off and those near (see Eph. 2:17), reconciling us one with another and with our own consciences.  On account of this, that peace became the fundamental and distinguishing mark of every true Christian, being made in Christ a genuinely new creation, through an unalienable blood kinship.  This, the peace which passes all understanding (Phil. 4:7), which transcends all knowing, which is more exalted than the comprehension and mental grasp of man, fills the soul with an inexpressible blessedness; this is indeed that very Kingdom of God, which our Lord Jesus Christ came among mankind to establish, and which, according to His word, is within us (Luke 17:21).

To the extent that the faith of Christ penetrates into people’s souls, to that extent this peace is established as a characteristic of their lives.  The people who come closer to Christ, those who more sincerely and more ardently believe in Him, and those who strive more to realize in their lives His good precepts, such people delight in a fuller and more perfect peace.

But what do we see today?

Mankind has reverted to mindlessness.  What occurs in the world today vividly reminds us of a depiction of life on earth be- fore the Birth of Christ.  In the majority of people we see the very same lack of faith, the same dissipation, the same brutish ideals, egotism, mutual antagonism and envy, the very same loss of the purpose of life.*

But isn’t all this even worse in comparison with what happened before?

Bear in mind that then mankind was pagan; it did not know of Christ the Saviour and His exalted teaching; it was buried in the most profound religious and moral darkness.  And now?  All these things are happening amongst Christian people, or, at the very least, among people who have heard the preaching of the Gospels, who have known of Christ, who are acquainted with His Divine teaching.  The power of evil must have reached such an inconceivable force, that it has torn such people away from Christ and cast them into such a terrible abyss, not only of faithlessness, but of desperation, manifest satanic hostility towards God and of loathsome moral dissipation.  Is it not to contemporary mankind that the stern warning of the holy Apostle Paul to the Hebrews refers: For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it... which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing, whose end is to be burned (Heb. 6:7-8).

But now Christ does not come to save us.  He came for that once only, and once and for all showed us the everlasting and unchanging path unto salvation.  He who has no desire to follow it can only blame himself for his own perdition.  Nor will there be a thousand year reign of happiness upon the earth, as the sectarians falsely aver.  Such a teaching is contrary to the Word of God and is decisively rejected by the Church.

Now Christ comes a second time not to save the world but to judge the whole world, to judge the living and the dead.

The first time He came in self-abasement, giving us an ex- ample of humility, but now He will come in His glory and all the holy Angels with Him (Matt. 25:31).  This will no longer be the bountiful condescension of God to an unhappy and despairing people, but the Dread Judge coming upon a transgressing arrogant people, who knew of God and stupidly and high-mindedly rejected His holy precepts.  And if the first Christians, celebrating the First Coming of Christ into the world, always raised their minds up to His glorious and dread Second Coming, which they awaited with anticipation, then all the more is it essential and indeed indispensable for us, Christians of these times, to reflect upon it, when every day there are observable signs, as recorded in the Gospels, that it is drawing nigh.  All our life on earth must be for nothing else, but only to prepare with the utmost care for that great and glorious day of the Lord (Acts 2:20).  The all-evil enemy, the enemy of man’s salvation, knows this and he strives in every way to extinguish within us this salutary thought.  What arguments, apparently fine pretexts and stories does he not put forward, so that he might turn the Christians of our times from the thought of the Second Coming of Christ!  And he succeeds in this.  Many now say this, and it is dreadful to relate, they do so even with a smirk; and even clergymen rarely avoid conversations of this type.  Yes, the enemy has firmly rivetted the thoughts and feelings of contemporary people to the earth, and does not want them to think of eternity.  Isn’t this very thing a true sign of the imminence of the Second Coming?  We need only recall the words of Christ: As the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be; for as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be (Matt. 24:37-39).

Let such a perilous disposition of light-mindedness and carelessness be driven far from us! As we radiantly and joyously celebrate the First Coming of Christ into the world, let us also radiantly and joyously await His Second Coming, and let us live with this anticipation as did the Christians of the first centuries.  And for this, so that it will truly be joyous for us and will open unto us the entrance into a blessed eternity, let us dedicate the remaining time of our earthly lives to the labours of repentance and intensified preparation of ourselves so that we might be vouchsafed to stand before the Son of man (Luke 21:36), and to give a good defence before the dread judgment seat of Christ (supplicatory litany).

* This homily was published by Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, in Russian as one of a collection of Archbishop Averky’s sermons, dated 1951-1960, though no specific date is given for the piece itself.  However, if such was his appreciation of the state of things in the 1950s, what a dire state the world is in now, in the second decade of the twenty-first century!


FULLNESS OF PASCHAL JOY

Orthodox Life magazine 1992 (3)

THE FULLNESS OF PASCHAL JOY IS FOUND IN FAITHFULNESS TO CHRIST
By Archbishop Averky


And your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you (John 16:22) 
"Be divinely gIad... For Christ is Risen. O gladness eternal!" (Paschal Canon)

Our Orthodox Christian faith is that joy living in our hearts, which never ceases, that joy which is joy in the Resurrection of the Lord; Resurrection joy; Paschal joy.

It is not without deep significance, as that great Church Father, St. John Chrysostom testifies, that on the Paschal night and then during all the Paschal period the God-inspired Acts of the Apostles are read in our churches.  Clearly and vividly the Acts speak to us as no other book about the greatest Christian truth — about the Resurrection of Christ ”and chiefly contain evidence of the Resurrection” (Works of St. John Chrysostom, vol. IX, pp. 5-8).  From the Acts we learn that the holy Apostles, while expounding the Gospel, preached above all about Christ crucified and risen from the dead, a message with such a powerful effect on its hearers that thousands of hearts were captured for Christ.

That is understandable because humanity yearns for nothing as much as it yearns for salvation from those diverse sorrows which are unavoidably accompanied by the wages of sin (Rom. 6:23).  Death is conquered by the Resurrection of Christ; the poisonous power of sin is trampled underfoot, and therefore, we solemnly glorify Pascha as ”deliverance from sorrows” (Paschal stichera).  That is why the heart of man is so keenly receptive to bright Paschal joy.  The plenitude of Paschal joy is, however, accessible to us only when we grasp the absolute truth of Christ's Resurrection, only if we are exclusively devoted to Him as our God and Saviour, and only when we implacably oppose His enemies.  It is not by accident that at the Divine Liturgy on the day of Pascha and during the whole of Bright Week, instead of the Trisagion Hymn, the exultantly joyful "As many as have been baptized in Christ, have put on Christ," which forms a constituent part of the great Mystery of Baptism, is sung.  This is not only because before Pascha, on Great Saturday, many catechumens receive Holy Baptism.  Therein lies its special, deep, mystical meaning.

It is true, is it not, that Baptism, as the holy Apostle Paul teaches us, is accomplished as a representation of the death and the resurrection of Christ: Do you not know, the Apostle to the Romans asks those to whom he writes, that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore, with Him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His (Rom. 6:3-5).  These words of the Apostle Paul are read at the Divine Liturgy on Great Saturday, showing us the mystical link existing between the death and resurrection of Christ and our death to sin and resurrection to new life in the Mystery of Baptism.

Thus, the joy of Baptism and the, joy of the Resurrection are, in essence, one and the same feeling — a feeling of great spiritual joy, ”joy in the Lord.”  This is the joy of spiritual renewal, the joy of putting on Christ, the joy of union with Christ as the source of eternal life, the joy of complete adherence and abandonment’ to Christ as our Saviour through His resurrection, which has given us life eternal.

If you love Me you will keep My commandments were the words that Christ bequeathed to His disciples as a final legacy and through them also to us in the Mystical Supper.  Faithfulness to Christ the Saviour, naturally owing out of love for Him, expresses itself in the keeping of His commandments.  Those who love Christ and who strive to be true to Him must in every possible way guard themselves against falling into sin, which is contrary to the Gospel commandments.  But the Word of God Himself teaches us that we cannot completely protect ourselves from falling into sin.  There is no man who lives and does not sin (I Kings 8:46) and If we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves (I John 1:8). For that reason the Mystery of ”second baptism,” or repentance, which cleanses us again from sins committed after Baptism was established.

In spite of the fall into sins, due to the weakness of human nature, we may nonetheless preserve faithfulness to Christ as our God and our Saviour if we do not forget to offer sincere repentance, and that is the most important thing. 

What do the closing words of the Office for the "Departing of the soul from the body" — prayers so comforting for us sinners, show us?  ”Give him (the newly fallen asleep) part in and inheritance of Your eternal good things prepared for those who love You,”




From the words of this prayer it can clearly be seen that the most terrible thing is not so much sin, peculiar to the weakness of human nature, but rather apostasy.  Such desertion unavoidably leads to a transfer of allegiance to the camp of the enemies of Christ.  There we are in company with the servants of the Antichrist who are preparing for his appearance.

Every Spirit, said the beloved disciple of Christ, St. John the Theologian even in apostolic times, which does not confess Jesus Christ having come in the flesh is not from God, but is the spirit of Antichrist (I John 4:3).

This rejection of the saving mystery of piety — the appearance of God in the flesh (I Tim. 3:16) has since the time of its occurrence taken different forms in various heresies and pseudo-teachings.  But essentially they have always been the same — the distortion of the true Faith and defection from the true Church.  Throughout the whole history of Christianity the enemy of human salvation has constantly striven to contrast the mystery of piety with his own mystery — the mystery of lawlessness (II Thess. 2:7).

It would not be an exaggeration to say that the whole history of mankind from the appearance in the world of the Son of God made flesh is nothing other than an unceasing, persistent struggle of the mystery of lawlessness against the mystery of piety.  And in that struggle the enemy of mankind does not hesitate to resort to every possible device and subterfuge, and the further man goes, the more subtle become his intrigues.

We know from the Gospel how the Jewish high priests "slandered the resurrection of the Saviour," having bribed the soldiers with "sufficient silver" and instructed them to say that "His disciples came in the night and stole His body" (Matt. 28:11-15).  That very primitive and naive lie, not having justified itself, was subsequently replaced by other lies, the purpose of which was to undermine in people the saving faith in the great truth of the resurrection of Christ.

From those earliest times onward lies and slander, and all kinds of perversion and distortion of the truth have become the main weapons of the enemy in his deadly struggle against the true Faith and the Church.  The enemy of man's salvation — the Devil, finding, by bribery or other worldly means, tools for his use among the people, does not stop slandering the true faith of the Church, calling "white" — ”black" and "black" — ”white,” calling the truth — a lie, and a lie — the truth, skillfully sowing false belief together with true belief!

We, however, must not dare to forget that true Faith is only one, like one God.  Likewise, the true Church is also only One because the Lord Jesus Christ founded only one Church (Matt. 16:18) and not many different Churches.

It would seem that this was all so clear and understandable.

Until comparatively recent times this was so.  But now the enemy has been so successful in his intrigues and has so confused everything in the consciousness of the people that even in the case of believers — the one is gradually lost and overwhelmed with doubts, afraid to seem in the eyes of others "old-fashioned” and not ”avant-garde” enough, while the other, having completely lost his common sense, no longer tries to justify himself by various pretexts, but consciously goes over to the side of the enemy, having been made in essence a betrayer of Christ.

Only by the subtle intrigues of the enemy can we explain the widespread attitude of indifference in the majority of contemporary Christians to the very heart of Christianity, to true Christian Faith, to the Church canons, to the centuries-old customs and traditions of our Faith and Church.  Only the intrigues of the enemy can explain this cold disregard for and fearless scorning of holy things.

Genuine, interior, heartfelt faith in Christ as God and Saviour has grown exceedingly rare.  Only external "formal piety” remains — its inner power having been rejected thanks to the abnormal spiritual deviations of our time, revealed in such movements as the "Living Church” and the ”Renovationist” movement in Russia in the 1920's.  Light-minded scorning of the Church, disregard for its dogmas, and the loss of a living ecclesiastical consciousness led to the entry by representatives of local Orthodox churches into the so-called "Ecumenical Movement."  In Soviet Russia these same distortions led to the appearance of ”Sergianism" and subsequently to the "Soviet Church" which made common cause with the atheistic Soviet authorities, becoming a faithful servant of the godless Communists in carrying out their genocidal, hellish plans throughout the world.

All of this is exactly that "broad sphere of apostasy" about which our learned theologian and great mentor of Christian piety, the holy Theophan the Recluse, gives us an account in his commentary on the second letter of Paul to the Thessalonians, saying, ”Although the name Christian will be heard everywhere, and churches and church services will be seen everywhere, it will only be for show, but inwardly (spiritually) it will be pure apostasy.

Do we not already see just that?  Is not the service of Christ really only outward appearance for those hierarchs who subject themselves to both open and secret atheistic and anti-Christian societies and organizations, and through their activities commit themselves to fulfilling their designs and plans?

What are we supposed to think when the mouths of these hierarchs pronounce the name of Christ but their hearts lag far behind Him?  And not only lag far behind Him but following the orders of their evil masters they bind Him and His true followers and servants in fetters.

That "terrible sphere of apostasy” becomes wider and wider before our very eyes.  The spirit of "renovationism and ecclesiastical "modernism" — deeply opposed to the spirit of genuine Orthodoxy; the spirit of ecumenism — the recognition of equal rights and equal value of all confessions; and Sergianism — the cooperation with atheistic authorities and anti-Christian societies and organizations, rapidly seize greater and greater influence in all the local Orthodox churches.  The general renunciation of Christ begins in the name of Belial in the form of atheistic principles which gradually submit to themselves all the contemporary world.

Looking at everything that is now happening in the local Orthodox churches, at how their hierarchs go to make prostrations in red Moscow and lay wreaths on the tombs of the persecutors of the Church; how they strive for union with groups alien to true Christianity on the specious pretext of general unity; how the spirit of genuine Orthodox piety dissipates in them, and how the spirit of renovationism is ingrafted; how they even modernize the external characteristics of church life, right up to the interior furnishings of the churches and the appearance and behavior of the serving priest — is it not possible to recall the prophetic words of Bishop Ignaty Brianchaninov: 

The times: the further you go the more difficult... Apostasy, foretold with all clarity in the Holy Scriptures, serves as a witness to how truly and faithfully everything is said in ScriptureThis apostasy is permitted by God: do not try to stop it with your feeble handReject it, guard yourself against it; and that will doFamiliarize yourself with the spirit of the times, make a thorough study of it so that as far as possible you may avoid its influenceLately apostasy has begun to act quickly, freely and openlyThe consequences will be most grievous. God's will be done!

May the merciful God protect the remnant believing in HimBut that remnant is growing ever smaller and becoming less and less numerousThe question of Orthodox belief, one must realize, is coming decisively to a headOnly the special mercy of God can stop the whole morally destructive epidemic, stop it, but only for a time, because what is foretold in the Scriptures must be fulfilled.

’’Judging by the spirit of the times and by the intellectual ferment, we must assume that the edifice of the Church which has been tottering for a long time will suddenly pitch violently and there will be no one to oppose or stop itMeasures being undertaken to support this edifice, borrowed from a world hostile to the Church, all the more quickly are hastening its fall; have they not already brought the Church to a standstill? .

We cannot expect the renewal of Christianity from anyoneEverywhere vessels of the Holy Spirit have finally run dry even in the monasteries, those treasuries of piety and grace, but the Body of the Spirit of God may be supported and renewed only by its own weaponsThe merciful and long-suffering God extends and postpones the decisive denouement for the little remnant which is being saved; in the meantime those who are rotting or who have already decayed, reach complete putrefactionThose who are saving themselves must understand this and use the time given them for their own salvation; for the time is short, and for all of us the transition to eternity is not far off.

We must reconcile ourselves to the position of the Church, although at the same time we must strive to understand it. This is all permitted from above.

"The elder Isaiah said to me, ’Understand the times. Do not expect improvements in the general Church structure, but be satisfied with what is left, in particular save people who wish to be saved. ”Let the one who is seeking salvation, save his own soul,” says the Spirit of God to those remaining Christians” (from Sayings of the Holy Fathers and Letters of Bishop Ignaty). 

Comforting words! This is nothing unexpected for us, nothing unforeseen, everything is going according to what is written. The Providence of God!

What does the holy Ignaty teach?  We must remember what is happening! Understand, so that we ourselves will not be carried along by the "spirit of the times" but rather ”withdraw from it,” and ”flee from its influence." 

And we do this in order to keep faithful to Christ the Saviour Who is risen from the dead and has given us life eternal! 

We still have our Russian Church Abroad which keeps its historical succession from the former Russian Orthodox Church.  The struggle against her has already been going on for a long time, intensifying in recent times.  We will not be too confused or disturbed by this struggle.  We will in every possible way guard and protect our Church as our last refuge in this world from the enticements of ”the spirit of the times" about which Bishop Ignaty speaks.

Let us not be afraid to remain in ”the minority.”  Most important for us is to be members of that little remnant of those who are being saved, whom the Lord Himself called little flock, saying, Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.  And whoever, with his whole spirit, belongs to that little flock of those who are being saved has nothing to fear from today's apostate world, which will not have the power to shake in him the firmness of his confession, of his stand behind the Laws of God, for with him always is all the fullness of the Paschal joy — with him is Christ Himself Who is risen, the Victor over hell and death.


From The Modern World in the Light of the Word of God, by Archbishop Averky, vol. 1, pp. 361-369.

Why women can't wear men's clothes



Archbishop Averky: Why can not women to wear men's clothes

Questions and answers.
In the exposition of church piety and counseling

Archbishop Averky (Taushev)

QUESTION: Why can not women wearing men's clothes? Is it enough for the prohibition of the authority of Moses, saying: "The woman shall not be men's clothing, as disgusting sight of the Lord thy God to do this thing" (Deut. 22: 5-6)? Should we not consider such a ban outdated?
ANSWER: Such a prohibition has the moral significance, and therefore it can never lose its power. It does not come from Moses, but from God Himself, which gave through Moses His chosen people, His divine laws. Only the God of the Old Testament law has lost its meaning in Christianity that concerned purely ceremonial side, and that was canceled at the Apostolic Council in Jerusalem in '51; but all the moral law of the Old Testament continues to maintain its strength and significance in Christianity.
Assumes, of frivolity, the image of men and women is forbidden in the New Testament. So St. The Apostle Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians indicates impropriety for a modest and chaste Christian woman to pray with her head uncovered, and cut their hair (11, 4-15). Each floor is peculiar to his own - each floor its external differences, its appearance and its clothes. In Christianity, it emphasized that the best adornment of a woman is her femininity, purity and chastity. St. Paul explicitly says that women have to walk "in modest apparel, with modesty and sobriety" (1 Tim. 2: 9-10), and communication. The Apostle Peter, referring to women, says: "Whose adorning let it ... the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God" (1 Pet. 3: 3-4).
Would all these instructions the desire of many modern women to take the appearance of a man, thus distorting the natural features of its sex and imitating man in manners and behavior, as is usually done by modern women who love to dress in men's clothes?
On top of all these considerations, we have in the New Testament direct and categorical ban on women to wear men's clothes. 62nd rule of the Sixth Ecumenical Council says:
"... We determine: No odevatsya husband is not in women's clothes, or the wife in clothing typical of her husband ... those who now, knowing this, dare delati any of the foregoing, If ye are clerics commanding izvergati from the sacred rank, ashche the laity, excommunicated from the communion of the church. "
You have to be absolutely devoid of the natural moral sense not to understand and feel how disgusting, morally repulsive spectacle represents a woman masculine cropped in a man's suit dressed, let the smoke from cigarettes, and brutality and swagger of his style tends to imitate the modern secular man. Can someone may not be clear what is really "ugly" not only in the eyes of God, but also in the sight of men, the phenomenon has a morbid product of our moral and unhealthy century, the result of violation of a healthy moral sense and rejection of all natural laws that God Himself inherent in human nature?
Extract from the magazine "Orthodox Russia"
Typography prep. Job of Pochaev,
1958.

The World is Mad

Thank you Vladimir Djambov for this great improved translation.


The world is mad
  
"The time will come when people will behave like madmen, and to him who does not, they will say: you behave like a madman because you're not like us."

So says one of the very ancient predictions about what will happen on the earth shortly before the end of the world.

Many ancient prophecies have come true, and continue to come true before our eyes.  Isn't this prophesy already coming true, as well?

After all, what is happening now in the world may not be explained otherwise than with an indiscriminate, mass insanity, of which only very few are free.  And that is in all areas of modern life, which has gone far astray from common sense, with a full violation of the reason given by God to man, unlike the speechless, irrational beings. 

It is like this in personal life, – family, social, political, public and even in religious life and church life.

Everything has been turned upside down.  Black is called white, white - black, light is called darkness, and the darkness - light, the truth is called a lie, and the lie - the truth, good is called evil, and evil - good ... And this is not being done only by the explicit and open atheist- theomachists who call themselves communists, in whom many naive people tend to see the main and almost the only evil of modern life.  No! not inferior to them in their true madness are other people, as if the opposite camp, the opposite sentiment and ideology - the people who left and right all the pathos told that they - "anti-Communists" and even though fighting against communism, wishing to be saved from being absorbed by this world.

Hypocrisy, falseness, deception and manipulation have become an epidemic, which has now infected great masses of crazed people; and believe in their honesty and sincerity, in most cases, is impossible, because they say one thing and do quite another, often the exact opposite.

In saying this, we deliberately avoid mentioning certain innumerable facts, because these facts are more or less known to all, but they often stir up different to the opposite evaluation, precisely because today most people are in a frenzy, lost their minds and lost common sense, and become incapable fair assessment of what is happening, and judge everything with bias, seeing from their own point of view totally dependent on their spiritually morbid disposition.

But life, which every day becomes more and more ominously gloomy, witnesses itself to the correctness of our statements, as well as the fact that all the ancient prophecies are now  coming true with amazing precision, in the fullest sense of the word, before our eyes, for those who are still able to see it, who are not yet mad, – not yet foaming at the mouth with some frantic ferocity – not trying to insist everything in the world is doing fine, everything is going quite normally and naturally, as usual, on the path of undeniable "progress ".

And indeed, many of those truly blinded madmen try to convince us that we are the madmen, not they!

Today's youth...  An amazing unheard of before, the moral laxity, lack of manners, impudence, rudeness, boorishness, a total disregard for the authority of elders...  Parents are deprived of the right to punish their obstinate, disobedient children...


Let's start with the future of humanity - with young people.  After all, what indeed has today's youth come to – deprived by orders "from above" of religious or even moral upbringing and education!  An amazing, unheard of before moral laxity, lack of manners, impudence, rudeness, boorishness, a total disregard for the authority of elders (seniors in age) and superiors, drug addiction, shameless debauchery, committing crimes in the earliest years of childhood, participation in all kinds of rebelliousness, hooliganism, arson, rape, looting and murders, even against their own relatives.  At the same time, nothing is done to stop this or to repress it –  no curbs, no punishments - as if all this is perfectly lawful, a matter of course in the natural order of things.  They even convince themselves that "young people should not be harassed" – all this can be endured and tolerated the name of "freedom" and "constitution".  Parents are deprived of the right to punish their obstinate, disobedient children, and parents themselves can be punished for exerting their natural parental authority over their children.

Has this mood of today's youth and attitude toward the "powers that be" ever occurred in the past, and can it be considered normal?

Aren't those who so lightly allow this acting crazy?

And what is happening now with family life, which has in fact almost ceased to exist, for it has been ousted and replaced by the so-called. "free love" that so many now openly praise and propagate?  Having children and taking special care to bring them up and educate them, now hardly anyone wants to do this, except if it is possible to receive state benefit allowances for each child they have.  Divorces are granted now quite easily and quickly.  Many repeatedly changing husbands and wives, burdened by monotony, or else they find their "entertainment" on the side.  God blessed and the Church blessed family life is being spontaneously replaced today by temporary purely bestial cohabitation, and officially legalized abortion has made it easier, eliminating the need to care for children.

Wherever and whenever were there such frightening dimensions as it is now?

And this is clearly under the auspices of the "higher up powers", by those who are in power!

And how often and easily it happens now that a husband kills his wife and children or a wife kills her husband and children or children kill their parents!

And very few people find this really embarrassing or shocking, because it has become somehow commonplace.

Social life, and with it the political and public life, of people is almost devoid of ideology, integrity and honesty - traits which were characteristic aspects of life until recently.  Honest and ideologically-minded people in power and decision-making positions are now not allowed, because it does not suit those who want to "catch fish in troubled waters."  The power and leadership positions in our time are the lot ambitious men and power-seekers and even mercenaries (where there can be a good profit!), who did not disdain any means, even the most dishonest to achieve their goals by resorting to false slogans and false promises, and bribery, and in certain cases - and the elimination by killing people they do not want standing in their way.  Clean-moral principles in the social, political and public life are now in the overwhelming majority of today's "leaders" non-existent, they are recognized as "obsolete", "do not meet the spirit of the time", and therefore "unsuitable for Business Success", "impractical" and even "harmful".  Certainly deep thought reveals truly that the so fashionable "democracy" is devoid of ethical foundations, not to mention the "socialism" and "communism", completely rejecting all morality and humans are seen just as one of the species of animals.

"Public charity" is for many just a way to indulge their vanity, to gain popularity, and sometimes simply to feed themselves off the "public trough."

"Politics", too is just a means to advance oneself, to become famous, to "make a career" for oneself.  "Service to the Fatherland", "the ministry of the good neighbor" and "sacrifice" - all this is now only beautiful words, needed for propaganda, but in actual fact expressing nothing.  Senior positions and public office are seen by many only as easy ways for material gain.

There are, of course, happy exceptions, but these are fewer and fewer.


In particular, our Russian policy, which has always been closely connected with the belief in God, with the Church of Christ, with our ancient traditional Orthodoxy.  After all, this is nothing left of traditional Orthodoxy not only in the homeland, where reigns the power of the godless, but also neither in exile, where the speeches of Orthodoxy, even if they are still being spoken, are just some nice words, not binding anyone to anything!


Some want to make the Russian inter-confessional country with a complete separation of church and state, and others have convinced themselves of the absurdity that "the Church is to be a servant of the monarchy" and even sing our old hymn with the words "King of the Orthodox," but they imagine the future king to be some non-confessional creature to whom all confessions are of the same value whether Orthodox, Latinism, Protestantism, Judaism, Islam, paganism or atheism.

Is this not genuine madness?  Is it not rather the politicians who are in an explosive frenzy who would want to plunge our unfortunate homeland into yet another disaster?

Can they fail to realize that if we are Christians nad, moreover, Orthodox Christians, then in our politics, too, the Christina morality must stand above all else – or else without such moral politics there will only be a dishonest play satisfying someone's selfish sinful passions, and nothing more than that.

And check out the article in today's so-called "free Russian press" on political issues, it's like for a few moments plunging into the atmosphere of a madhouse: sheer madness!  Every morality is possible, lies and innuendo most vile slander brazenly posing as truth.  And the Russian people get brainwashed by this abomination, this spiritual poison poisons their souls and they begin to act more like madmen.  Someone apparently has set himself a special task to produce this poison and poison the souls of unfortunate Russian people entangled in the nets of the evil one!

It is scary for the future, because if things go on any further, it is, of course, unregenerate.  What can we wait for good, if rather than being guided by the saints who shone the Russian Land, we will be guided by the writings of such overt and covert enemies of our holy faith and fatherland – Holy Russia – slyly and craftily spitting on and denouncing our ancient shrines?

But the worst thing is, of course, what happens in the religious and ecclesiastical life of modern people.  First of all, we see a wholesale apostasy – a natural retreat from Christ and at the same time - a malicious crusade against Christianity, and not only in the homeland, where they set up the "Union of Militant Atheists" and originated the so-called. "Anti-Divine Front", but also everywhere in the rest of world.  In Russia today as in the first centuries of Christianity, the persecutions are resurrected: abundant streams of blood of martyrs flowed for Christ, monasteries and temples were destroyed and desecrated, historical relics of all sorts were brazenly flouted, faith in God and His Christ was by all means eradicated in the hearts of the people.  But we see in the seemingly "free" West, in fact all the same – but not in such terrible in appearance, rather in milder forms, without the manifestation, at least, of the shedding of blood and physical torture and suffering.  However, it is the same maliciousness towards Christ, intransigence and persecution of all who fearlessly stay faithful to Him, all sincere believers and those seeking to live by the faith of the people.  For now there is no such place on earth.  At best, Christians are tolerated and given only the option of an existence of extreme oppression, deprivations, restrictions,  an anguishing existence, with all kinds of hardships and restrictions.

Instead, in full flower blooms the overt and covert worship of Satan, even before it has official recognition, the politicians support the temples of Satan and Satan's ministers, often in open of worship Satan, and they even promote it through the press and all the means of modern technology.  There is an intensive preparation for the unification of all religions and all nations and world governments, of course, with a purpose of all this [world association] globalization is heading towards the enemy of Christ - the Antichrist – about which there are many predictions given to us by the ancient Fathers of the Church.  All modern world policy is precisely leading to Antichrist; it is not noticed by the spiritually blinded, and it is denied by those who themselves are involved in this work, willingly or unwillingly, consciously or unconsciously, living from day to day, and turning a blind eye to the consequences of their participation in Satan's doing.

Worst of all, of course, is that the Church and the life of modern "Christians" are not far behind this general epidemic of madness – the onrush towards the Antichrist; the madness is being hidden behind all sorts of specious pseudo-Christian slogans.  Here we often see the horrible picture, which has nothing to do with true Christianity, nothing to do with the serving God and Christ's Church.  A deceptive appearance - without content.  And here in the first place - there lies personal gain, greed, vanity, ambition and lust for power and vainglory – which pleases not God by any means but rather their own sinful passions, under the hypocritical guise of religiousness. 

We will not even speak of such a phenomenon, unprecedented in the history, militant atheism, as the ministry of the Church, in the person of its senior hierarchs, which in essence is nothing but some kind of mad self-destruction.  We will not dwell on all the fairly well-known facts pointing to many bishops belonging to secret anti-Christian organizations focused on the goal to destroy Christianity and to bring about the early enthronement of the enemy of all mankind and the enemy of Christ - the Antichrist.

Even if all this, and not in full, then missing also is the most necessary - a solid standing in the true Christian faith and confession, so important especially in these days of the growing apostasy from God.  There is no sincerity, no honesty, no strict ideology and principles, there is no one ready for self-sacrifice, and instead of all this - only the seeking of careers increasing of personal material benefits, cunning, Jesuitism, hypocrisy - all with the sole purpose of obtaining as much as possible all sorts of worldly goods, wealth and contentment here on earth, with complete disregard for the afterlife, the retribution, and the eternal life awaiting us all.

Here's how the grim picture of modern spiritual crisis in the Church is drawn by one of the candlesticks of our Russian Church at the end of the 19th century, watching as early as back then the already begun increase of the impoverishment of the genuine spiritual life in the bosoms of our Orthodox Church itself:

"In the higher shepherds of the Church there remains a weak, dark, confusion, misunderstanding as to the letter, which kills spiritual life in the Christian community, which destroys Christianity, which is a deed, and not a letter.  It is hard to see who has been entrusted with the sheep of Christ, who provides for their guidance and salvation! ... "

If it was like this back then, how many more times worse is it right now!  Indeed!  Few people think about or care about the spiritual life.  It all comes down only to the external decor, more or less decent and proper, and often even this is lacking because of the complete lack of principles and ideals – coupled with the open service to one's own passions, which manifests to all and is seen by those who have not yet lost their innocence.  This can be very painful for those who still have not lost the sensitivity of their conscience.

It is not surprising that many in our time, having essentially no spiritual guidance and seeing only temptations and bad examples, fall away from the Church and even lose faith in God.

And is not all this real madness?

And just try to strongly and openly talk about it, all at once, violently pounce on you and speak with us in the spirit of the above ancient prophecy.

      And try to only strongly and openly talk about this as all immediately bitterly aggro on you and will speak in the spirit of the above us the ancient prophecies.     А попробуй только решительно и откровенно заговорить об этом, как все тотчас же с ожесточением на тебя набросятся и станут говорить в духе вышеприведенного нами древнего пророчества.

"You are crazy, because you're not like us!"

Here is in what a truly terrible time we live!

The World is indeed mad, and they do not even notice or would not notice!

What do we do?

The only thing we can do in such a situation is with all our heart to pray to God to preserve us unshaken our own faith and to preserve the faith of the people close to us and to grant us patience in the midst of this already almost universal epidemic of madness, reaching sometimes to violent lunacy, reminding ourselves of the meaningful call that has come down to us from time immemorial:

"Save yourself, to save your soul!"
"Saving, but saves his soul!"
  «Спасаяй, да спасет свою душу!»



"May you [while] being saved, have your soul saved!" - 

       St Ignatius Bryanchaninov comes out with these words 

       /explaining the words by the Holy Spirit to the handful of believers left.../


Vladimir Djambov, Eng
00359.885.455.189 - M/cell




Архиепископ Аверкий (Таушев) 
"Мир безумствует" 
«Настанет время, когда люди будут безумствовать, а кто не безумствует, тому будут говорить: ты безумствуешь, потому что ты не похож на нас».
    Так гласило одно из весьма древних предсказаний о том, что будет происходить на земле незадолго до кончины мipa.
    Уже многие древние пророчества сбылись и продолжают сбываться на наших глазах.
    Не сбывается ли уже теперь и это пророчество?
    Ведь то, что сейчас происходит в мiре, нельзя объяснить иначе, как повальным, массовым безумием, от которого свободны лишь очень немногие. И это - во всех областях современной жизни, далеко ушедшей от здравого смысла, с полным попранием разума, дарованного Богом человеку в отличие его от безсловесных, неразумных существ.
    Так - в жизни личной, так - в семейной, общественной, политической, государственной и даже в жизни религиозной, церковной.
    Все перевернулось вверх дном. Черное называют белым, а белое - черным, свет называют тьмой, а тьму - светом, истину называют ложью, а ложь - истиной, добро называют злом, а зло - добром... И делают это далеко не одни только явные и открытые атеисты-богоборцы, называющие себя коммунистами, в которых многие наивные люди склонны видеть главное и чуть ли не единственное Зло современной жизни. Нет! не уступают им в своем подлинном безумии и люди, как-будто противоположного лагеря, противоположного настроения и идеологии - люди, которые направо и налево всем с пафосом твердят, что они - «антикоммунисты» и даже будто бы борются с коммунизмом, желая спасти от поглощения им этот мiр.
    Лицемерие, фальшь, обман и лукавство сделались как бы общей повальной болезнью, охватили сейчас огромные массы безумствующих людей, и верить в честность и искренность их стало, в подавляющем большинстве случаев, невозможно, ибо говорят они одно, а делают совершенно другое, часто прямо-противоположное.
    Утверждая это, мы намеренно не касаемся слишком уже конкретных безчисленных фактов, ибо факты эти и так более или менее всем известны, но вызывают нередко разную до противоположности оценку, именно потому, что современные люди в большинстве безумствуют, потеряв разум и утратив здравый смысл, и становятся неспособными к справедливой оценке всего происходящего, а судят обо всем пристрастно, под углом своей собственной точки зрения, в полной зависимости от своего духовно-нездорового настроения.     
     Но жизнь, которая с каждым днем становится все более и более зловеще-мрачной, сама свидетельствует о правоте наших утверждений, а также и о том, что все древние пророчества удивительно точно теперь сбываются, в полном смысле слова, на наших глазах, для тех, кто еще способен видеть это, кто сам еще не безумствует и не пытается, с пеной у рта и каким-то неистовым ожесточением твердить, что все в мiре обстоит прекрасно, что все идет вполне нормально и естественно, своим чередом, по пути несомненного «прогресса».
    И ведь немало таких, подлинно слепых безумцев, которые пытаются убедить нас, что это мы - безумцы, а не они!
    Начнем с будущего человечества - с молодежи. Ведь до чего дошла современная молодежь, лишенная по указке «сверху» религиозного или хотя бы просто морального воспитания и образования! Поразительная, неслыханная прежде моральная распущенность, невоспитанность, дерзость, грубость, хамство, полное пренебрежение к авторитету старших и начальствующих, наркомания, безстыдный разврат, преступность с самых ранних лет детства, участие во всякаго рода бунтарствах, хулиганских выходках, поджогах, насилиях, грабежах и убийствах, даже своих родных. И в то же время, никто всего этого по-настоящему не пресекает, не обуздывает, не карает - как-будто все это вполне законно, естественно, в порядке вещей. Договариваются даже до того, что «молодежь притеснять не следует», что во имя «свободы» и «конституции» все это можно терпеть и допускать. Родители лишены права наказывать своих строптивых, непослушных детей, и за естественное проявление своей родительской власти они сами могут подвергнуться наказанию.
    Неужели такое настроение современной молодежи и отношение к этому «власть имущих» имело когда-нибудь место в прошлом и может почитаться нормальным?
    И не безумствуют ли те, которые все это с легким сердцем допускают?
    А что происходит сейчас с семейной жизнью, которая фактически почти перестала существовать, ибо ее вытеснила и заменила так наз. «свободная любовь», многими сейчас открыто восхваляемая и пропагандируемая? Иметь своих детей, а особенно заботиться о том, чтобы их вырастить и воспитать, теперь редко кто желает, разве только если можно на каждого ребенка получать регулярную выплату государственного пособия. Разводы производятся теперь весьма легко и быстро. И многие многократно меняют мужей и жен, тяготясь однообразием, или находят себе «развлечения» на стороне. Богом и Церковью благословенная семейная жизнь стихийно заменяется в наши дни кратковременным чисто-скотским сожитием, а официально узаконенные аборты облегчают это, устраняя необходимость заботиться о детях.
    Где это и когда было в таких устрашающих размерах, как теперь?
    И все это явно покровительствуется «свыше» «власть имущими»!
    А как часто и легко случается теперь, что муж убивает свою жену и детей или жена убивает мужа и детей или дети убивают своих родителей!
    И мало кого это по-настоящему смущает или потрясает, ибо становится уже каким-то обычным явлением.
    Общественная, а с нею и политическая и государственная жизнь людей почти лишена идейности, принципиальности и честности - черт, которые были свойственны этим сторонам жизни еще совсем недавно. Честных и идейно-настроенных людей теперь к власти и руководящим должностям не допускают, ибо это не устраивает тех, которые хотят «в мутной воде ловить рыбку». Власть и руководящие должности - в наше время удел честолюбцев и властолюбцев да еще корыстолюбцев (там, где можно хорошо поживиться!), которые не брезгают никакими средствами, даже самыми безчестными, чтобы добиться своей цели, прибегая и к лживым лозунгам, и обманным обещаниям, и к подкупам, а в известных случаях - и к устранению путем организации убийств неугодных им и стоящих им на пути лиц. Чисто-моральные принципы в общественной, политической и государственной жизни теперь у подавляющего большинства современных «деятелей» вовсе отсутствуют, признаются «отжившими», «не отвечающими духу времени», а потому «непригодными для успеха дела», «непрактичными» и даже «вредными». Безусловно глубоко-верна мысль, что столь модная все еще «демократия» лишена этичных основ, не говоря уже о «социализме» и «коммунизме», начисто отвергающих всякую мораль и разсматривающих человека просто как одну из разновидностей животных.
    «Общественная благотворительность» для многих только способ тешить свое тщеславие, приобретать популярность, а иногда и просто - кормиться у «общественного корыта».
    «Политика» тоже - только средство выдвинуться, стать известным, «сделать себе карьеру» «Служение отечеству», «служение благу ближних» и «жертвенность» - все это теперь только красивые слова, нужные для пропаганды, но ничего в действительности не выражающие. Высокие посты и государственные должности многими разсматриваются только как легкие способы хорошей материальной наживы.
    Бывают, конечно, и счастливые исключения, но они встречаются все реже и реже.
    В частности, наша русская политика, которая всегда была теснейшим образом связана с верой в Бога, с Христовой Церковью, с нашим исконным традиционным Православием. Ведь от этого ничего не осталось не только там на Родине, где воцарилась власть безбожников, но и в эмиграции, где речи о Православии, если они еще и произносятся, одни только красивые слова, никого ни к чему не обязывающие!
    Одни хотят сделать Россию интерконфессиональной страной с полным отделением Церкви от государства, а другие договорились до такого абсурда, что «Церковь должна быть служанкой монархии» и хотя поют наш старый гимн со словами «Царь Православный», но будущего царя представляют себе каким-то над-конфессиональным существом, которому совершенно все равно - Православие, латинство, протестантизм, иудаизм, мусульманство, язычество или атеизм.
    Не сущее ли это безумие? Не безумствуют ли такие наши горе-«политики», которые хотели бы ввергнуть нашу несчастную Родину из одной беды в другую?
    Неужели они не понимают, что, если мы - христиане и притом православные, то и в политике нашей на первом месте, выше всего другого, должна стоять христианская православная мораль, что без этого политика будет лишь безчестной игрой, удовлетворяющей чьим-то эгоистическим греховным страстям, но не больше?
    А уж почитать статьи в современной так называемой «свободной русской прессе» на политические темы, это все равно, что окунуться на несколько мгновений в обстановку дома умалишенных: сплошное безумие! Всякая мораль здесь исключена, ложь, инсинуации и самая гнусная клевета нагло выдают себя за истину. И вот русские люди пичкают себя этой мерзостью, отравляют этим духовным ядом свои души и начинают еще больше безумствовать. Кто-то, видимо, ставит себе специальной задачей изготовлять этот яд и травить им души несчастных запутавшихся в сетях лукавого русских людей!
    Страшно становится за будущее, ибо если все так и будет идти дальше, оно, конечно, безпросветно. Чего уж ждать хорошего, если, вместо святых угодников Божиих, в земле Российской просиявших, мы будем руководствоваться такими писаниями явных и скрытых врагов нашей святой веры и отечества - Святой Руси, хитро и лукаво оплевывающих и поносящих наши вековые святыни?
    Но что самое страшное, это, конечно, то, что происходит в религиозной и церковной жизни современных людей. Прежде всего мы видим повальное отступничество - стихийное Отступление от Христа и одновременно - злобный поход против христианства, и не только у нас на Родине, где создан был «Союз воинствующих безбожников» и возник так наз. «Противобожественный фронт», но и повсюду - во всем остальном мiре. У нас на Родине как бы воскресли первые века христианства и обильными потоками потекла кровь мучеников за Христа, разрушались и осквернялись храмы и монастыри, нагло попирались всякие исторические святыни, всеми способами искоренялась в душах людей вера в Бога и во Христа Его. Но то же видим мы и на «свободном» будто бы Западе, только не в таких страшных по виду, а в более мягких формах, без явного, по крайней мере, пролития крови и физических истязаний и мучений, но по существу - все одно и то же, та же злобная ко Христу непримиримость и преследование всех хранящих безстрашную верность Ему, всех искренно-верующих и стремящихся жить по вере людей. Для таких теперь нет места на земле. В лучшем случае их только терпят, давая им возможность крайне-стесненного существования, со всевозможными лишениями и ограничениями.
    Зато пышным цветом расцвело явное и тайное поклонение сатане, вплоть до официального признания «власть имущими» капищ сатаны и сатанослужителей, уже нередко открыто отправляющих культ сатаны и даже пропагандирующих его посредством прессы и всех средств современной техники. Идет интенсивнейшая подготовка к объединению всех религий и всех наций и государств мiра, конечно, с определенной целью возглавления всего этого мiрового объединения врагом Христовым - Антихристом, о чем имеется немало предсказаний у древних Отцов Церкви. Вся современная мiровая политика ведет именно к этому, чего не замечают только духовно-слепые и отрицают только те, кто сами принимают участие в этой работе вольно или невольно, сознательно или безсознательно, живя лишь сегодняшним днем и закрывая глаза на последствия такого своего участия в этом сатанинском делании.
    Ужаснее всего, конечно, то, что и церковная жизнь современных «христиан» не отстает от этого общего повального безумия - устремленности к Антихристу, хотя, само собой разумеется, прикрываясь всевозможными благовидными мнимо-христианскими лозунгами. Тут мы часто видим жуткую картину, ничего общего с истинным христианством, со служением Богу и Христовой Церковью не имеющую. Одна обманчивая видимость - без содержания. И тут на первом месте - личная выгода, корысть, тщеславие, властолюбие и честолюбие и угождение отнюдь не Богу, а своим собственным греховным страстям, под лицемерным прикрытием религиозности, церковности.
    Мы не говорим уже о таком неслыханном еще в истории явлении, как служение Церкви, в лице ее высших иерархов, воинствующему безбожию, что в сущности не что иное, как какая-то безумная самоликвидация. Не будем останавливаться и на всем достаточно известных фактах принадлежности многих иерархов к тайным антихристианским организациям, ставящим себе целью уничтожение христианства и скорейшее возведение на трон всечеловечества противника Христова - Антихриста.
    Даже если всего этого и нет в полной мере, то нет и самого главного, самого необходимого - твердого стояния в истинно-христианской вере и исповедничества, столь важного особенно в наши дни все растущего Богоотступничества. Нет искренности, честности, строгой идейности и принципиальности, готовых идти на самопожертвование, а вместо всего этого - только искание карьеры, возвышения и своих личных материальных выгод, лукавство, иезуитство, лицемерие - все с единственной целью получения как можно больше всяких земных благ, благосостояния и довольства здесь на земле, с полным забвением о загробном воздаянии и ожидающей всех нас жизни вечной.
    Вот как рисует эту печальную картину современного духовного кризиса в Церкви один из светильников нашей Российской Церкви еще в конце прошлого столетия, наблюдая уже в то время начавшееся все большее и большее оскудение подлинной духовной жизни в недрах самой нашей Православной Церкви:
    «В высших пастырях Церкви осталось слабое, темное, сбивчивое, неправильное понимание по букве, убивающей духовную жизнь в христианском обществе, уничтожающей христианство, которое есть дело, а не буква. Тяжело видеть, кому вверены в руки овцы Христовы, кому предоставлено их руководство и спасение!...»
    Если так было уже тогда, то во сколько раз это хуже теперь! И действительно! О духовной жизни теперь никто почти и не помышляет и нисколько не заботится. Все сводится только к внешней декорации, более или менее благоприличной и благопристойной, а часто и этого уже не бывает, ибо полная безпринципность и безыдейность с откровенным служением своим страстям, прорываются наружу, становятся всем очевидными и дают о себе знать тем, кто не утратил еще чуткой совести, весьма чувствительно и порою очень болезненно.
    И не удивительно, что многие в наше время, не имея никакого в сущности духовного руководства и видя перед собою лишь одни соблазны и дурные примеры, совсем отпадают от Церкви и даже теряют веру в Бога.
    И разве все это - не настоящее безумие?
    А попробуй только решительно и откровенно заговорить об этом, как все тотчас же с ожесточением на тебя набросятся и станут говорить в духе вышеприведенного нами древнего пророчества.
    «Ты безумствуешь, ибо ты не похож на нас!»
     Вот до какого поистине страшного времени мы дожили!
    Мiр действительно безумствует и этого даже не замечает или не хочет замечать!
    Что же нам делать?
    Единственное, что остается нам делать в такой обстановке - это всем сердцем молить Бога о сохранении непоколебимой своей собственной веры и веры близких нам людей и о даровании нам терпения, посреди этого почти всеобщего уже повального безумия, доходящего порою до неистового беснования, приводя чаще себе на память многозначительный, дошедший до нас из глубины веков призыв:
    «Спасаяй, да спасет свою душу!»

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